Our panto cast is here, in rehearsals; it’s going to be a cracker of a show

jack and the beanstalk

Friday 24 November 2017 to Sunday 7 January 2018

The Oxford Playhouse is buzzing with the sound of laughter and managed mayhem from the Jack and the Beanstalk cast, who are here, in rehearsals and having fun. The cracking new script by Steve Marmion, writer and director for the third time, brings a contemporary edge to the traditional panto, but with all the archetypal bells and whistles that our audiences expect.  It’s just not Christmas without the Oxford Playhouse pantomime!

Based on an English folk tale Jack and the Beanstalk is the story of the plucky but naive Jack and a handful of beans.  After getting into terrible trouble with his mother for selling their hapless cow for a handful of beans, Jack’s dreams begin to come true when they start to grow… and grow… and GROW.  He will have adventures both good and bad, will he cope, will he redeem himself – there is only one thing that’s for sure – this will be the best panto in the land.

With original music, current tunes and some golden oldies, more jokes cracked than seasonal nuts and more action than the Goonies.

Oxford Playhouse promises a whopping show, brimming with enormous excitement!

Amrou Al-Kadhi makes his panto debut as the baddie, Judy Henchman.  Paul Barnhill, first seen at Oxford Playhouse as the baddie Abanazer in Aladdin (Christmas 2015), returns to play Jack’s mother, Dame Trott. Alessandro Babalula plays the Giant and his evil henchmen Dai Slowly. Emily Burnett is Smart Simone.  Rebecca Crane  is the Goose. Ricky Oakley plays Jack. Jennifer Wakefield, a former Bicester Primary School teacher, plays Jill. The ensemble is Daisy Elwin and Tegan Bannister. Jack and the Beanstalk also stars the irrepressible talent of 20 local children, aged 11-15, full of beans ready to climb onto the Playhouse stage.

Tickets for Jack and the Beanstalk at Oxford Playhouse start at £15 and are available from the Ticket Office on 01865 305305 or book online at www.oxfordplayhouse.com

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